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Health and Wellbeing among refugees and their host communities in Kiryandongo, Uganda

Authors: Odwa Atari*, Nipissing University, Kevin Mckague, Cape Breton University, Lanyan Chen, Nipissing University, Enid Achiro, RMF, Seremos Kisembo, Diocese of Masindi-Kitara, George Nasinyama, Kampala International University
Topics: Africa, Medical and Health Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Uganda, Refugees, South Sudan, Community Health Workers
Session Type: Paper
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Uganda remains one of the countries in the world with the most progressive refugee hosting policies. Currently, it hosts about one million South Sudanese refugees many of whom are vulnerable women and children who have witnessed or experienced some forms of violence. As numbers of refugees surge due to the ongoing insecurity and famine in South Sudan, and reduced international funding, refugees have witnessed cuts in their food rations and essential health services affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of the most vulnerable women and unaccompanied children.
This presentation outlines how an integrated framework we adopted to deliver alternative income generating activities in conjunction with a community health workers (locally known as Volunteer Heath Teams, VHTs) program to promote essential health education and services for refugees and their host communities in Kiryandongo settlement, Uganda, is working.

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